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Ethics and Sustainability

We are always considering our impact on the environment and people, in everything we do.

From the GOTS-certified cotton we use, the type of ink we print with, through to the energy-efficient machines, we are working hard to leave as little trace behind as possible. Moreover, we care that our products are good for everyone. This is why we champion not only those who wear our clothes but those who make them too. Our factory workers are protected by the Fair Wear Foundation.

 

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What’s in our t-shirts:

We use 100% GOTS certified ring-spun combed cotton. We print with vegan inks that are vegetable derived. Our ink is natural, good for the soil, less polluting than petroleum-based inks, and contains no harmful chemicals.

How we make our clothes:

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) guarantees that our cotton has been ethically sourced and processed. Our partner factory in Bangladesh then uses this fabric to make our t-shirts. The garment workers in the factory we work with are protected by the Fair Wear Foundation. You learn more about FWF on their official website.

Once the t-shirts are done, we make our original prints. Our partners use renewable energy powered machines. They constantly invest in making their machinery more energy-efficient .

our products
What’s in our t-shirts:

We use 100% GOTS certified ring-spun combed cotton. We print with vegan inks that are vegetable derived. Our ink is natural, good for the soil, less polluting than petroleum-based inks, and contains no harmful chemicals.

How we make our clothes:

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) guarantees that our cotton has been ethically sourced and processed. Our partner factory in Bangladesh then uses this fabric to make our t-shirts. The garment workers in the factory we work with are protected by the Fair Wear Foundation. You learn more about FWF on their official website.

Once the t-shirts are done, we make our original prints. Our partners use renewable energy powered machines. They constantly invest in making their machinery more energy-efficient .

Our packaging

We chose to use 100% compostable and biodegradable packaging. This means that the stuff you receive our products in will disintegrate (within 12 weeks) and then biodegrade (within 6 months) in industrial compost, in line with the European Standard (EN13432).

You can also put the package in your home compost but the process may take longer, depending on the composting conditions.

Our packaging

We chose to use 100% compostable and biodegradable packaging. This means that the stuff you receive our products in will disintegrate (within 12 weeks) and then biodegrade (within 6 months) in industrial compost, in line with the European Standard (EN13432).

You can also put the package in your home compost but the process may take longer, depending on the composting conditions.

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Future goals

We are currently investing in education and training around sustainability and ethics in fashion and beyond. Our goal is to inform ourselves and our community and work together on the future we want.

Apart from this, we aim to give a percentage of our profits to community trust’s, partners and charities that promote youth activism, wellbeing and the local economy.

In the long run, we aim to reduce our carbon footprints by manufacturing locally. To do this, we are connecting with sustainability hubs in Northern England. At the moment, we are looking for the right partner to support our efforts.

 

Future goals

We are currently investing in education and training around sustainability and ethics in fashion and beyond. Our goal is to inform ourselves and our community and work together on the future we want.

Apart from this, we aim to give a percentage of our profits to community trust’s, partners and charities that promote youth activism, wellbeing and the local economy.

In the long run, we aim to reduce our carbon footprints by manufacturing locally. To do this, we are connecting with sustainability hubs in Northern England. At the moment, we are looking for the right partner to support our efforts.

 

The benefits of Vegan Ink

Modern mass-market inks are generally petroleum oil based. They can also contain glycerin from animal fat, bone chars, gelatine from hooves, and beetle shellac (crushed beetles) to give it colour.

The vegan alternative to these inks are vegetable derived. Vegetable inks are not only cruelty-free but they also have some other pretty cool benefits:

SUSTAINABLE

The vegetable and soy that’s grown as ink crops help to fix nitrogen into the soil their grown. Meaning that the fields stay healthy and fertile for the next crop.

RECYCLING PROCESS

Interestingly, vegetable-based inks are also easier to remove from packaging and labels. Meaning that the end product is easier to recycle at the end of its life.

LESS POLLUTION

Inks release something known as volatile organic compound when they dry which are detrimental to the environment and human life. Petroleum-based inks emit around 25 to 40% of VOCs whereas vegetable and soy-based inks emit rates as low as 4%. Petroleum-based inks also need harsher chemicals and more water to clean them off the presses between print runs.

NO NASTIES

Petroleum-based inks not only create more carbon emissions when they’re manufactured, but they also contain heavy metals including lead and mercury. Both of which are harmful to humans and the environment. Guess what, vegetable inks don’t carry any of these nasties.

BETTER QUALITY

A study of vegetable-based vs petroleum-based ink published in the Journal of Applied Biomaterials and Functional Materials found that linseed-soybean oil-based ink are the most vibrant. And vegetable inks containing linseed oil are glossier on all types of paper. The report finished with a recommendation that vegetable-based inks should replace petroleum-derived mineral oil-based inks due to their quality, environmental and health benefits, and comparable costs.
A final note on vegan inks. Printing inks were originally made with vegetable oils but by the early 1970s vegetable oil was in short supply so manufacturers switched to petroleum-based oils instead. But, eco-conscious people such as yourself are helping to change this and push the market back to vegetable-based, vegan inks.

The benefits of Vegan Ink

Modern mass-market inks are generally petroleum oil based. They can also contain glycerin from animal fat, bone chars, gelatine from hooves, and beetle shellac (crushed beetles) to give it colour.

The vegan alternative to these inks are vegetable derived. Vegetable inks are not only cruelty-free but they also have some other pretty cool benefits:

SUSTAINABLE

The vegetable and soy that’s grown as ink crops help to fix nitrogen into the soil their grown. Meaning that the fields stay healthy and fertile for the next crop.

RECYCLING PROCESS

Interestingly, vegetable-based inks are also easier to remove from packaging and labels. Meaning that the end product is easier to recycle at the end of its life.

LESS POLLUTION

Inks release something known as volatile organic compound when they dry which are detrimental to the environment and human life. Petroleum-based inks emit around 25 to 40% of VOCs whereas vegetable and soy-based inks emit rates as low as 4%. Petroleum-based inks also need harsher chemicals and more water to clean them off the presses between print runs.

NO NASTIES

Petroleum-based inks not only create more carbon emissions when they’re manufactured, but they also contain heavy metals including lead and mercury. Both of which are harmful to humans and the environment. Guess what, vegetable inks don’t carry any of these nasties.

BETTER QUALITY

A study of vegetable-based vs petroleum-based ink published in the Journal of Applied Biomaterials and Functional Materials found that linseed-soybean oil-based ink are the most vibrant. And vegetable inks containing linseed oil are glossier on all types of paper. The report finished with a recommendation that vegetable-based inks should replace petroleum-derived mineral oil-based inks due to their quality, environmental and health benefits, and comparable costs.
A final note on vegan inks. Printing inks were originally made with vegetable oils but by the early 1970s vegetable oil was in short supply so manufacturers switched to petroleum-based oils instead. But, eco-conscious people such as yourself are helping to change this and push the market back to vegetable-based, vegan inks.

Fair Wear Foundation

Goliath XXI follow the ethics and principles laid out by the Fair Wear Foundation. Fair Wear works to improve labour conditions for garment workers. Together with its partners, Fair Wear takes practical steps and tests new solutions to find a better, fairer way to make clothes.

 

Fair Wear Foundation

Goliath XXI follow the ethics and principles laid out by the Fair Wear Foundation. Fair Wear works to improve labour conditions for garment workers. Together with its partners, Fair Wear takes practical steps and tests new solutions to find a better, fairer way to make clothes.

 

Fair Wear Foundation
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